If you are a parent, you already know the answer to this question, "Do my kids like to floss?" No kids like flossing, but flossing is nevertheless essential for your child's dental health. If you struggle with getting your kids to floss, here are some tips for helping your kids become better flossers.
Why Flossing Is So Important
Most babies are born with no teeth, and first teeth, known as baby teeth or milk teeth, begin to erupt between six months and one year of age. You can clean your baby's mouth easily by using a washcloth after each meal. As your children eat their favorite food or snack, food becomes trapped between their teeth and gums. If your children don't floss, that food will break down into bacteria, and then plaque and tartar can develop. Plaque is easily removed through daily brushing and flossing, but the dentist can only break down tartar. Over time, all of that plaque and tartar can cause both tooth decay and gum disease.
Children who don't have good dental hygiene often grow into adults with poor dental hygiene. By establishing a flossing routine with your children, you are setting them up for a lifetime of good dental health, which plays a large part in an adult's overall health.
Tips for Good Flossing
When your kids are reluctant to floss, here are some tips to help them learn to be better flossers. First, establish a good routine by letting your child watch you brush and floss each day. By letting your children watch you floss, they quickly learn how that flossing is very important. If your children receive an allowance for chores, you may want to add brushing and flossing to their chore charts. Also, research has shown that children are more likely to brush and floss when you allow them to pick their toothpaste and toothbrush. You may want to try flossers with your children rather than teaching them to use string to floss their teeth because the string is difficult for children to grip. Once you teach your children to be amazing flossers, you are setting them on a path for good dental health.
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